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How to Choose the Perfect Range

Free-standing Ranges

The most popular type of cooking appliance in America’s kitchens, freestanding ranges generally offer a full-size oven with four or more burners or heat elements on the cooktop.

• Most electric free-standing ranges place their controls on a backsplash behind the cooktop.

• The chief benefits of free-standing ranges are all-in-one simplicity, easy installation, and value.

• They generally cost less than similarly featured slide-in and drop-in models.

Slide-In and Drop-In Ranges

Slide-in ranges are similar in style and function to free-standing ranges, but are designed to be built in between two cabinets and do not come with finished side panels. Both slide-ins and drop-ins are designed for a more finished built-in look.

• Drop-in ranges require customized cabinetry with a cooktop that integrates fairly seamlessly with the countertop. They are dropped into the cutout with a cabinet front panel at the bottom. These ranges are available in electric coil and electric radiant (smooth top).

• May also be placed in a kitchen island.

• Control panels are generally placed in the front of the unit, eliminating the need for a backsplash.

Built-In Cooking

A growing number of customers are looking for built-in cooking appliances, with a separate cooktop built into the countertop in one area and separate oven(s) underneath or built into the wall nearby.

• One of the main benefits of this configuration is for the way it looks.

• Many customers want to achieve the look and feel of a real professional kitchen, or to emulate the sleek, clean, contemporary design of modern European kitchens.

• Another key benefit is simple functionality.

Standard and Speciality Sizes

Ranges, cooktops, and ovens come in a variety of sizes.

• Most ranges are a standard 30” in width.

• There are also 36” and 40” models for replacing larger cutouts or for customers wanting more of a “commercial” look.

• Wall ovens are generally available in 27” and 30” widths, with some 24”models available as well. Most cooktops are either 30” or 36” models, with few exceptions.

•  Make sure you don't cut their countertop or cabinets until they have received their product and have the installation instructions.

• Sears Installation will fit countertops and cabinets to the needed opening.


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